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Connections: Discussing the decline of democracy across the globe

Mar 10, 2021

Two University of Rochester professors are leading a series of online seminars about the decline of democracy across the globe. Professors Gretchen Helmke and Randall Stone argue that "for the first time since 2001, the majority of countries are again authoritarian, and democratic institutions and political freedoms are under assault all around the globe." Their series, "Fading Democracy," explains what has led to this change and how to measure it.

They join us to preview their discussions. Our guests:

  • Gretchen Helmke, professor of political science at the University of Rochester, and co-founder of the Bright Line Watch project
  • Randy Stone, professor of political science at the University of Rochester, and director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester